Short Leash On Phil

Ed Price checks in with an interesting tidbit after speaking to CC Sabathia:

CC Sabathia says he is available in relief tomorrow for #Yankees. “I can probably throw 45 pitches, 50.”

While I hope that the need for CC does not present itself and that Phil Hughes can hand a lead directly to the primary relievers,...

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CC "Bended," Didn't Break

CC Sabathia did not have his best stuff yesterday. In 6 long innings he allowed 11 hits, and frequently fell behind hitters because he could not locate most of his pitches. However, in the immortal words of Rangers manager Ron Washington, the Rangers had Sabathia bended, but he did not break. He did not...

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The 1958 Yankees

We’ve heard it a bunch of times over the last few days: the last time the New York Yankees were down 3-1 in a series was in the 1958 World Series, which they came back in and won. I’m not saying the 2010 Yankees are guaranteed to do that in the ALCS, but I’m still...

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Inside Sabathia's Game 5 outing

Though it wasn’t a vintage performance, CC Sabathia reminded everyone why he’s one of the best pitchers in the game last night, keeping the Rangers at bay over a two-run,...

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ALCS Game Five: Rangers 2, Yankees 7

The Yankees continued to pour it on in the bottom of the third.  Nick Swisher lead off the inning with a solo homer to left.  Robinson Cano then followed with his own homer, giving the Yankees a comfortable 5-0 lead.

Sabathia, who was not his best, but was certainly solid, found himself in trouble in the fifth.  A solo homer by Matt Treanor gave the Rangers their first run of the game.  Mitch Moreland followed with a single and Sabathia struck out Elvis Andrus for the first out of the inning.  A single by Michael Young gave the Rangers two on with one out, but Sabathia got Josh Hamilton to ground into a double play, ending the inning.  The Yankees got the run back in the bottom of the inning.  Nick Swisher walked and found himself on third after Alex Rodriguez hit a ground-rule double.  Marcus Thames was intentionally walked and Berkman drove a sac fly to center, giving the Yankees a 6-1 lead.…

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Changing The Narrative

“Still Life”.  No, not the painting, the Yanks. And not still alive as in still technically in the series.  Still alive as in still able to win this series.  From Yahoo Sports: “The [Yankees] team is more than capable of a comeback.”  The ESPN recap: “A difficult comeback? Yes. Impossible? No.”  No?  Well, maybe. This is nothing more than a description of where things stand when a series stands at 3 games to 2, but just to remind you, this is a much different narrative than the one we were reading this morning.  For example, Steve Politi this morning at nj.com: game 4 was “almost certainly the dramatic end to the 2010 season.”

The “Fighting Yanks”. From RAB: CC gave the Yanks “six hard-fought innings.” From Andrew Marchand at ESPN: “The Yankees live to fight another day. If they go out in the LCS, they aren’t going to go out lying down.”   The Philly Inquirer: the Yanks played “like 27-time world champions with their backs to the wall”.…

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